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Armed assailants injure couple
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 26
Four unidentified armed men last night seriously injured a couple by entering their house at Malakpur Chalailan village, 5 km from here. Interestingly some villagers were on ‘thikri pehra’ and a police party was on patrolling duty in the village at that time.

NATURE'S WEAVERS: A fine display of the weaverbird’s creations NATURE'S WEAVERS: A fine display of the weaverbird’s creations was captured by lensman Inderjit Verma at a village near Ludhiana on Saturday.

Death cuts short wait for ITI certificate
Five-year wait for 50 girls
Ludhiana, August 26
For five years, she kept making the rounds of the government ITI at Jagraon for obtaining the certificate of diploma in electronics, which she had passed in 1996, little realising that one day she would lose her life.





Detention case: HC’s directive to police
Ludhiana, August 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the district police to “look afresh” into the complaint of a resident of Talwandi Kalan village, near here, who was allegedly detained illegally by the Ladhowal police for 10 days in June last.

Police begins pre-poll exercise
Ludhiana, August 26
While speculation is rife in the media about early Assembly elections in the state and the SAD-BJP leaders have been denying it vehemently, the Ludhiana Police, in a curious move, has began police exercise for the conduct of the elections.

Groups come to blows, six held
Ludhiana, August 26
Two groups involved in a property dispute came to blows at the Salem Tabri police post here this afternoon. The police personnel at the post were caught unawares at the turn of events, but, fortunately, they acted in time to prevent the groups from using some sharp-edged weapons in the fight, which they had brought with them.

A view of a crowded restaurant in Ludhiana. Home delivery of food a non-starter
Ludhiana, August 26
The scheme introduced by many local restaurants of delivering food on discount at the doorstep of Ludhianvis is not viable. Some restaurants have started providing free home delivery while some offer a discount. The scheme has been introduced because of the heavy rush during peak hours in the restaurants.

A view of a crowded restaurant in Ludhiana.

Impatience cost him dear
Ludhiana, August 26
A labourer who could not wait for six hours for getting discharged from a local hospital, landed himself in such a trouble that now he will have to remain at the same hospital for more than 40 days.


Non-Sikhs stake claim to SAD ticket from Ludhiana (West)
Ludhiana, August 26
The non-Sikh component of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has staked its claim to the party ticket from the Ludhiana (West) constituency for the coming Assembly elections in the state.

‘Abolition of octroi to hit BJP’s image’
Ludhiana August 26
The Punjab Government’s proposal to abolish octroi is hanging fire for the past many days. The government is dithering to take a decision as the fall in taxes after abolishing about Rs 400 crore annual octroi duty would virtually stop the development work in the state.

Shiv Sena lashes out at BJP
Ludhiana, August 26
Mr Pawan Sharma, spokesman, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), and Mr Sandip Mittal, president of the Ludhiana district unit of the party, today lashed out at the BJP for its silence on the issue of the return of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal and Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan to India.

IHRO to take up Zira brothel case
Ludhiana, August 26
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has decided to take up the Zira brothel house case with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to check the menace of flesh trade in the state. The organisation is of the opinion that the trade is prevailing in almost every district and subdivisional towns of the state under police patronage.

Amnesty move by Centre draws flak
Ludhiana, August 26
The move by the Union Government to grant general amnesty to police officers guilty of police excesses in Punjab during militancy period was a welcome gesture but the underlying intention of the ruling NDA in the Centre and the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab, to draw political mileage was reprehensible, said Mr Varun Mehta, Chairman, Indian Youth Anti-Terrorist Front in a press statement here recently.

Cancellation of WTO agreement sought
Ludhiana, August 26
The Rural Labour Struggle Committee, Ludhiana, held a public rally at Jodhan village near here on Friday. Addressing the rally, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, a former communist MLA, said the government’s anti-people and anti-labour attitude had made life miserable for the masses and all sections of society were distraught with the current regime.

Govt accused of paralysing PDS
Ludhiana, August 26
Mr Parminder Mehta, President, District Youth Congress (I) Urban, today accused the state government of paralysing the Public Distribution System (PDS) against the interests of the poor and the labourers.A beauty parlour in Pakhowal.

Beauty business in villages
Pakhowal (Ludhiana), August 26
The desire to look beautiful has caught the fancy of rural women, if the mushrooming of beauty clinics and parlours in villages is any indication. The villages in the district are having more and more of beauty parlours run by the local women themselves.

A beauty parlour in Pakhowal. 

Faulty laying of premix alleged
Ludhiana, August 26
Mr A.K. Bhandari, general secretary of the Society for Public Cause, a forum for voicing common problems of the people and to focus public attention on various ills plaguing the society, has complained of faulty laying of premix in Kitchlu Nagar under the 24 acre scheme.


Special drive to check drug trafficking
Ludhiana, August 26
The Jagraon police has announced the launching of a special drive to check the menace of drug abuse in the Jagraon police district.


Function to honour bank employees held
Ludhiana, August 26
Punjab and Sind Bank in a function organised here on Saturday honoured the staff members of its SalimTabri branch for best achievement of target in District Ludhiana.

Workshop on energy management
Ludhiana, August 26
Nearly 50 representatives from 30 companies in the region attended one-day workshop on ‘Energy management’ held here on Friday. It was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries.

‘Implement labour laws in private sector’
Ludhiana, August 26
The Punjab unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has urged the state government to implement labour laws in the private sector. Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, president of the Punjab INTUC, in a meeting of the workers held here, said,‘‘ The state government should ensure the implementation of the Factory, ESI, Provident Fund, Gratuity, Bonus and Minimum Wages Acts in the private sector.’’


Farmers’ move worries PAU experts
Ludhiana, August 26
With an eye on profit but scant care to the rising problems of depleting water-table, paddy glut and quality of the produce, a large number of farmers in this district have resorted to taking double produce of paddy this season.

AISSF launches drive against drugs
Ludhiana, August 26
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) (Bhoma) has announced a campaign against drugs in the state with the help of various NGOs and minorities under its umbrella to implement its various programmes of social development. This was announced at a function organised at Raikot on Friday.

PAU prof’s book wins prize
Ludhiana, August 26
The book titled “Reptilian Nematodes from South Asia” written by Dr M.L. Sood of the Department of Zoology at Punjab Agricultural University, has been selected for the Dr M.S. Randhawa Best Book Prize for the year 1999.

Only computer awaits inauguration at library
Ludhiana, August 26
How much time does it take to start a computer? It could be more than ten months if you ask the authorities at Panjab University Extension Library. The only computer sanctioned to it last October is lying packed on its first floor, waiting to be inaugurated by a VIP.

‘Computer literacy must for jobs’
Doraha, August 26
Employment experts advised students of the local Guru Nanak National College on various vocational courses, on Employment Day that was observed in the college.

Schools inaugurated
Ludhiana, August 26
Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, inaugurated a newly upgraded high school at Shareenh village falling in the Ludhiana rural constituency. While speaking on the occasion he said good education was the backbone of a strong society.

‘Rs 259.14 cr to be spent on education’
Ludhiana, August 26
The Punjab Government, under its plan to improve the standard of education in the state, has been decided to spend Rs 259.14 crore this year on education. Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister of Punjab, announced this while upgrading the high school for girls at Narangwal village to the senior secondary level here yesterday.

Night school for slum children
Ludhiana, August 26
Kismat Singh is a nine-years old living in slums near Industrial Area A here. None of his family members have ever gone to school, but he nurtures a dream to study. Soon he will be able to realise his dream of learning to read and write as a school will be started near his jhuggi, thanks to an NGO which is all set to start a project to teach streetchildren, in a fortnight.

Teachers hail HC decision
Ludhiana, August 26
The Joint Action Committee of the government school teachers has welcomed the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding giving preference to the ETT trained teachers over B.Ed teachers for the posts in the proposed elementary schools.

Inter-school debate on August 31
Ludhiana, August 26
The School Health Committee of the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council will organise an inter-school debate on ''modern teacher : a true nation builder'' at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, on August 31.

Jasleen wins lecture contest
Ludhiana, August 26
Jasleen Kaur of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir won the Inter-School Vedic Lecture Contest organised by the Ved Parchar Mandal at Arya Samaj, Dal Bazaar, here today. She spoke on “Om, the best name of God”.



700 examined at medical camp
Amloh, August 26
A mass medical and de-addiction camp was organised by Christu Jyoti Hospital, Amloh, in coordination with about 40 doctors and staff of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, here yesterday. More than 700 patients were examined at the camp and provided free medicines.

Some of the participants at a baby show organised at a hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday.
CUTE INNOCENCE: Some of the participants at a baby show organised at a hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. 

Babies’ day out
Ludhiana, August 26
August 26 was a day for bonnie babies to display their beauty, cute smiles and charm at a baby show organised by Deep Hospital in the hospital premises. Over 70 children participated ranging from the newly born babies to four-year-old kids. The children were dressed in their best attires and parents were seen proudly displaying their offsprings.


Gaurav nets 5 goals in  handball final
Ludhiana, August 26
Upadhya Shri Phool Chander Jain Public School, Jamalpur, prevailed over BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 9-7 to clinch the trophy in the Sahodaya School Handball Tournament held at USPC School, here yesterday.

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